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When Traveling, Do you use a Digital or Film Camera

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Seems like everyone is going digital. What type of camera do you take with you when traveling: Digital or Film? If Digital, how long ago did you switch?

2. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Digital, since last fall, after coming back from Europe with 13 rolls of 36 poses!!! It was ridiculous!

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4890 posts) 11y

Digital, since mid 2001. (Basically shortly after consumer digital point 'n shoots crossed my personal line into the realm where they delivered affordable 'quality'.)

In my life before then, I don't think I've shot more five or six rolls of film (spread over at least two crappy point and shoot film cameras).
With digital I'm way above 15000 images, and last year switched to a semi-pro camera.
Workflow is all. As is the ability to instantly review, the near zero cost of experimentation and the fact that I need them digitial anyway to reach my audience.

4. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

i used to use disposable cameras when i travelled, then about last year i switched to digital (Sony DSC-P100) which i absolutely LOVE

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

Digital, since last fall, after coming back from Europe with 13 rolls of 36 poses!!! It was ridiculous!

That was my problem as well. With a digital camera you only have your memory stick (1 GB memory stick = more then 13 rolls 36 poses). Another benefit: you can check your images beforehand, no bad images and dissapointments after development.

6. Posted by ARway (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

For some living items or snap shooting in the street, I like to use my old friend, CANON A40 which was bought in 2002, to take them.
But when I meet a great view or a lovely child, normally I like to use a film camera. It could much be memorized.:)
So, I may take both film and digital cameras in a long travelling.

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

If I'm going artsy, I prefer film, especially if I can borrow my friend's good camera (it's great!). For regular pics, I just love digital because you can preview, delete, position yourself better, etc, etc.

Now if I could bring (or afford, for that matter) a digital like the pros use, I'd say digital 100 per cent...but since my digital is not the best quality, I prefer film for the artsy stuff because my pics aren't picelated when I blow them up.

I always liked digital, but I became a total convert last month when I had to develop too many rolls of film from a trip. Money wise....Ouch! I should have just bought a better digital camera....

Katie ;)

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Alway digital. I can't count the rolls of film wasted in my life time...5 shots of anything I thought was important just incase it didn't come out. Bad lighting, bad angle...etc. I can't tell you how being able to view the pictures the moment you take them has changed my photography habits! I would give up a leg before I gave up my digital camera;)

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Since getting the digitals, I have stopped using my 35mm for travel (or anything else for that matter). The digis take great pix but I miss the versatility of the 35mm. Our next trip - I'm taking the digitals and the 35mm, just with fewer lens and misc stuff.

10. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

well i love the digitals since i dont have to think about how many photos i can take. But recently i ve bought a cheap analog camera too, because it is too dangerous to carry always and everywhere the digicam. it is the most valuable thing i have, and i am always a little nervous when carriing it, ...well, or leaving it.
So this is the big drawback for me... but the videoclips...wonderful watching them later